Investigating Officer Recommends Dropping Charges Against Leone

An investigating officer has recommended dropping the charges against the sole survivor of a 2010 Coast Guard helicopter crash that killed three crewmen from Air Station Sitka.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of Capt. Andrew Norris’s report. Leone was charged with failing to navigate around safety hazards and with negligently causing the deaths of two of the crewmen aboard the helicopter.

Norris’s recommendation that the charges be dropped was received as good news by Leone’s family. But, the case could still proceed to a full court martial.

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Ed Ronco is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

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